Moving water attracts more animals than still water. For that matter, don’t we humans also enjoy the sight and sound of moving water — a gurgling brook, water trickling in a fountain, or a waterfall? You can make water move in several ways.
Elaborate or plain, either way, animals find “noisy” water to their liking. The one below has both a bubbler and cascading water.
Accessory bubblers are an alternative to birdbaths that have a built-in bubbler. They can be purchased separately in many styles, from fancy to simple, like the flat bubbler insert shown below. Just position it in the center of your birdbath. Many are solar-powered.
Set one of these in the center of a birdbath to produce continuous, gentle ripples.
The sound of drops striking waters’ surface attracts animals. Many manufactured styles are available, but it can be as simple as an old milk jug with a small hole. Position it above a birdbath to catch the droplets.
Misters deliver a fine mist, which is preferred by birds that don’t like stepping into water. Aim it toward foliage; some birds like to “bathe” in wet leaves. Or, position it above a birdbath to catch falling droplets. Or, both!
*Top photo: Starlings enjoying a bubbling fountain (NatGLN / Wiki; cc by 2.0)